It seems that whenever a triangle has been rotated, it becomes blurry on the edges. Triangle is drawn using illustrator

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And if scaled down, it becomes worse on the edges. Any ideas / solutions to have a smoother edge?

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The triangles in the top image are not blurry. They look fine to me. When you rotate an image made of pixels so that the edges are no longer horizontal or vertical, or rotate such a vector then rasterize it, or view such a vector image on a monitor (all of which have pixels), then obviously the pixels will be more visible - like they are stepped or jagged. This is unavoidable. Anti-aliasing usually takes care of this and helps smooth out the pixels. This might be what you are referring to as blurriness, but it's not! The alternative would be to have the image non-anti-aliased - the results would look terrible however. You'd end up with very jagged/noticeable pixels.

Example of triangles without anti-aliasing

Example of Triangle with anti-aliasing

The triangles in the image below your original look slightly over sharpened at the edges. When resizing in Photoshop it might be useful to use Bicubic (Smooth Gradients) option when resampling. This might be useful if you think the lines are being over sharpened.

Example resampled using Bicubic (Smooth Gradients).

Example resampled using Bicubic (Smooth Gradients)

Here's a zoomed in comparison of your reduced size image next to the one I resampled using the Bicubic (Smooth Gradients) option.

Zoomed in comparison showing difference with Bicubic (Smooth Gradients)

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    The thing is people vary in opinion on what anti aliasing is perfect, since there is only some people prefer more ringing aa and some prefer more blurred. Then there is the fact is that adobe does not even do technically correct anti alliasing in the first place so they are technically on the blurring side which they then sharpen. But i suspect OP wants to disable AA.
    – joojaa
    Jun 8, 2017 at 11:28
  • Everything you said is absolutely true joojaa
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 8, 2017 at 11:33

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